Word has started to spread about the comings and goings of the NBA bubble in Orlando. We’ve learned the quarantine period food has some issues, we’ve heard of Twitter girls already being extended invites while players have received quarantine penalties for food delivery. The only way the NBA’s bubble will work without more COVID spread is players learning and adapting fast.
And it seems that some players have already started to self-police the situation. Shams Charania reports there have been numerous tips placed, and subsequent warnings given, for “protocol violations on campus:”
Normally, I’d share the “stop snitching” sentiment that so many movies and TV shows have imparted to me. But we all need the NBA back. We need the betting, the DFS. We need bubble drama. We need LeBron chasing a title, possibly overcoming Kawhi and Mount Giannis in the process. And if that results in some players trying to sneak girls in or order Chick-fil-A getting a slap on the wrist, so be it. May every NBA player embrace their inner hall monitor in the name of getting the game back to work (and keeping a pandemic contained, whatevs).
The situation does offer some sort of gamesmanship too. I doubt it’d lead to a player getting suspended or anything, but maybe you’re a Clippers bench guy and you want to needle some of your counterparts on the Lakers. Or maybe Russell Westbrook gets out of his COVID treatment and he baits his former teammates on the Thunder into some sort of social distancing violation with James Harden in a dress, a la a vintage Bugs Bunny trap. You’re telling me Daryl Morey and his advanced analytics wouldn’t support the slight increase in edge that’d come from that?
Heads on a swivel in the NBA bubble. In fact, there may be only one guy safe on the anonymous tip line from this much-needed but shameful tattle tale behavior:
"Kevin Durant is the only player I know following all the rules" pic.twitter.com/3UGzaRzdCN
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) July 14, 2020
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